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Calling Mason-Rice alumni
May 07, 2017 12:56 pm | Newton PTO Council

Are you a parent of a Mason-Rice Alum? Please join the community in celebrating the retirement of Maureen Cahoon, beloved crossing guard of 40+ years! On June 9th at the Newton Marriott, we will honor Maureen’s service with an evening of music, dancing and great food and drink. Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased on-line by clicking here. For additional event details and information on how to lend your support, please visit the Mason-Rice page by clicking here .

If you have been lucky enough to know Maureen during the last 40 years, then you know it will mean the world to her to see you there!

Activate Newton May Challenge: 13 Villages in 31 Days
May 07, 2017 12:34 pm | Newton PTO Council

During the month of May, Activate Newton challenges YOU to get active in each of Newton’s 13 Villages.

Log your progress on our ChallengeRunner page and be entered to win amazing prizes! If you need activity ideas, check out the Activate Newton web page for an activities calendar, walking maps, and more. If you would like to add an activity to the calendar or have any questions, please contact Elizabeth at

Mother’s Day Weekend Community Event and Action
May 07, 2017 12:27 pm | Newton PTO Council

Did you know that Newton has over 400 natural gas leaks from aging, underground pipes? These leaks release methane, contribute to climate change, harm our future, waste energy, and damage human health and trees. Consumers pay the cost.

Join Newton Mothers Out Front and other allies to tag the gas leaks in our town and help spread the word about this invisible hazard! Come to a rally at the Newton Free Library to hear a few words about the campaign and then head out to tag the leaks. They’ll give you the materials you need to tag.

Newton Free Library, Homer Street Entrance, 330 Homer Street
Saturday May 13th, 1:30 p.m. (rain date May 20).
1:30 pm Gather to learn how gas leaks harm us and what we can do.
2:00 pm Join a team to tag leaks near local schools, parks, and village centers.

Please RSVP: Send email w/subject Tag Event to or go to (go to Events, click Tag Newton’s Gas Leaks, click Going)

This is a family-friendly event. Co-Sponsors include 350 MASS Newton Node, HEET, Green Newton, Bike Newton, Newton Tree Conservancy, and League of Women Voters Newton. For more information on leaks throughout Massachusetts, see:

Mother-Daughter Yoga
May 07, 2017 12:21 pm | Newton PTO Council

Help celebrate Mother’s Day weekend with Mother/Daughter Yoga! Girls in grades 1 to 8 are invited to join with their mom or an aunt/grandma/Big Sister in this wonderful and welcoming class. Together, you will work with each other in fun partner poses, see each other in new ways as you build strength and flexibility, support each other as you test your abilities, and learn healthy techniques that you can use at home to relax your mind. All levels welcome. Fee: $30 for Mother/Daughter Pair ($15 per person).

May 13th, choose the class time based on grade:
Mother/Daughter Yoga (for girls grades 1-4) – 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Mother/Daughter Yoga (for girls grades 5-8) – 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Both classes will be led by the popular kids and teen instructor, Amy Hrobak. Please enroll the adult and the girl individually by May 10th so they know the total number of attendees.

Artemis Yoga, 639 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown


Newton South Sustainability Presentation
May 07, 2017 12:18 pm | Newton PTO Council

Newton South’s senior sustainability class invites you to learn how you can make your grocery shopping eco-friendly! This presentation will aim to educate consumers about the labels on their groceries and what those labels really mean when it comes to the product inside. Students will speak about these labels in terms of the environment and answer which labels indicate sustainably produced food as well as the sustainable practices that local grocery stores have in place when it comes to acquiring their meat products.

Students will also talk about nutrition and how to go about achieving proper nutrition in your daily life. All of these questions will be answered in the context of Newton and how to go about making sustainable grocery and nutritional choices given the options available to the typical Newton resident.

May 16th, 7:00 pm
Newton Community Farm, 303 Nahanton Street

Annual Seedling Sale
May 07, 2017 12:12 pm | Newton PTO Council

It’s time to get your seedlings at the Newton Community Farm Annual Seedling Sale and start your home garden! Come to the Farm to get your seedlings for vegetables, herbs, flowers, and that favorite summer crop, tomatoes!

The greenhouse is full of seedlings, started from the same seeds that they use to grow seedlings for the produce they sell. So get the varieties you know are great and support your local community farm.

If you would like to avoid the crowds, or make sure you get the varieties you want, send in a pre-order — They will pack it up, and you may pick it up during the Seedling Sale. Please use the pre-order form. Pre-orders must be postmarked by May 13th and are only available to Friends of the Farm. Interested in becoming a Friend of the Farm? You can sign up here.

Questions? Visit, or email

May 20th and 21st, 12noon – 3:00 pm
Newton Community Farm
303 Nahanton Street

Run the Newton Highlands 5K
May 07, 2017 08:49 am | Newton PTO Council

The Village Day 5K is back! Parents and children alike will start the morning off great by participating in this family-oriented Village Day 5K sponsored by Whole Foods Market.

$30.00 per adult, $10.00per child. Runners registered by May 29th are guaranteed a race t-shirt. Register online today: If you have any questions, email Maureen Oates at

Can’t or don’t like to run? Then help out the Village Day 5K team by volunteering for the event. Volunteers are needed to help with registration,  at the water stop at Cold Spring Park and as race monitors on the course. It’s fun and you get a free t-shirt. Click this link to volunteer.

Summer basketball camp
May 07, 2017 08:38 am | Newton PTO Council

ASA Hoops is hosting camps in Newton starting June 26th and running through the end of August. Camps are for boys/girls, ages 7-16 and run daily from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. There are a limited amount of partial scholarships are still available for those in need. For more information contact or to register, visit:

Middle School Summer Resources
May 07, 2017 08:33 am | Newton PTO Council

The City of Newton’s Executive Office, Health and Human Services Department and Newton Public Schools are currently working on promoting out-of-school time for middle schoolers. While all young people benefit from out of school time activities that help them grow and learn, middle school tends to be an age when student participation decreases. While we are still in the early stages of this work, we have created a

While all young people benefit from out of school time activities that help them grow and learn, middle school tends to be an age when student participation decreases. While still in the early stages of this work, they have created a webpage on the City website to help families find summer options for their middle schooler, as well as provide other valuable information like financial aid tips, helpful links and more. They will be continually adding more to the webpage in the coming months but with summer coming up, wanted to share now to help with planning. Feedback and ideas are welcome.

Click here for a link to the Middle School resources web page.

SAT Summer tutoring
May 07, 2017 08:28 am | Newton PTO Council

Affordable and Effective SAT Private Tutoring. Looking to get a head-start on SAT preparation for your child? Winston Tutors is here for you!

Founded by a recent Newton South alumni who has developed a unique approach to tackling the SAT, Winston Tutors promises RESULTS with a competitive price. Students who have initially struggled with the SAT have seen their score increase by 300 points from just a few sessions. With over three years of experience helping high-school students achieve their full potentials, Winston Tutors will guide your child to success through an individualized study plan.

For inquiries, please contact Winston Jiang at 617-309-7910 or References from past and current students are available upon request!

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